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Master's degree in computer information systems

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program prepares students to manage a software development project from analysis, design, implementation, testing and maintenance to management of quality, budgets, deliverables and deadlines. CIS focuses on the relationships between companies and their information systems and making them run as smoothly as possible. Most companies have IT departments or experts on staff.

Students develop or deepen skills to analyze, design, implement and test stand-alone and embedded software systems. Two courses are taken from the Greehey School of Business.

CIS degree plan

CIS students take 33 hours of course work and complete a project.

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Degree Plan

The department also offers a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems that can be completed in as little as five years. An intensive course of study, undergraduate students begin graduate course work during their senior year.

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is sometimes offered off-campus at various locations, and some courses are offered in a hybrid or online format.

Program Highlights

The curriculum is continually updated to take advantage of new research findings and advances in technology and methodology. St. Mary’s University offers students many advantages:

  • Evening and daytime classes
  • Flexible curriculum including internship and research options
  • Small class sizes with supportive atmosphere
  • Faculty with theoretical and real-world experience and lessons
  • Academically stimulating community
  • Cooperative and collaborative learning environment

Career opportunities

Typical employers include computer companies, research and development laboratories, educational organizations, entertainment industries, aerospace contractors, financial institutions, telecommunication sector, and government agencies.

CIS professionals often work in jobs such as:

  • Technical Director
  • Operations Officer
  • Analyst

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have taken programming classes including data structures and object-oriented programming. Prerequisites include computer programming skills, mathematical maturity and current, relevant technical knowledge.

For specific admission requirements, visit the catalog.

Financial Aid

St. Mary’s offers various scholarships, grants and assistantships to graduate students. Military, their dependents and Department of Defense employees may be eligible for a tuition discount. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-436-3141 or for additional information or visit

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